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Posted on: October 18, 2023

Java Johns County Cafe Open at the Rood Center

Java Johns County Cafe

A café is back open at the Rood Center! Java Johns County Café had a soft opening this week on the first floor of the Rood Center and is planning a grand opening this Monday, October 23.

Hours are 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday at 950 Maidu Ave., Nevada City. The cafe offers sandwiches, breakfast burritos, salads, soups, snacks, side orders like deviled eggs, fruit and celery and peanut butter, hot and cold drinks and desserts.  Vegan, vegetarian and keto options are available. There are also gluten-free bread, bagels and other snacks.

Customers can order meals from; it's best to pre-order lunch by 11 a.m. to beat the noon rush. Customers can also sign up for weekly specials by selecting the subscribe button on

“It’s like a deli,” said owner Elizabeth Raiche (pictured here), who also owns Java John’s in Nevada City. “We do not have a full kitchen but we make magic in here.”

During all of the week of October 23, customers will receive one entry into a door prize giveaway. Four prizes will be awarded: a lunch sandwich and side, a breakfast bagel, two specialty drinks, and a $20 gift card to Java Johns County Café.

Java Johns has a catering menu available online for pre-booking for items such as pastries, bagels, fruit, meat/cheeses, tea sandwiches, individual sandwiches or salads, family style salads and sandwich platters. Catering for 10 or less people requires 24 hours notice. For catering for 11 or more people, please give 72 hours notice.

Customers can also purchase tickets to “pay it forward” in coffee and food for someone in need. Those without money can then use the tickets to get free food. Raiche said the system works well at her downtown café location.

Java John’s was chosen to operate the café in a competitive process that included taste tests.

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